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Ordinance on terms and conditions for issuing visas and identification of visa regime

A new Ordinance on the terms and conditions for issuing visas and determination of visa regime was adopted with a Decree of the Council of Ministers № 198 dated 11th July 2011, published in the State Gazette copy 55 dated 19th July 2011, in force since 4th August 2011.

The new Ordinance follows the adopted amendments in the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act regarding the visas types, the procedure for obtaining Bulgarian visas and all required documents thereof.
The Ordinance introduces three types of visas for entering the Republic of Bulgaria: airport transit visa (type A), short-term visa (type C) and long-term visa (type D).

It is stipulated that Bulgarian visas can be issued not only by the Bulgarian Diplomatic or Consular Missions, but also by Diplomatic Missions of another EU Member State applying the provisions of Shengen Acquis and with which the Republic Bulgaria has concluded an Agency Тreaty for acceptance of applications for issuance of visas.

Section II of the Ordinance provides the conditions and procedure for submission of applications for visas, including the list of the required documents which shall be enclosed to the application. If the submitted application meets all given requirements, it shall be registered at the National Visa Information System.

There have been amended the terms for deciding on the applications for issuance of visas. Decisions on applications for visa type A and visa type C shall be taken within 15 calendar days from the day of the submission of the application. In some cases this time limit can extended to 30 calendar days if further consideration of the application is necessary or in case of agency when conducting consultations with the bodies of the represented Member State. In exceptional cases, when additional documents are required, the deadline may be extended up to 60 days.

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